red-crowned crane legs in the snow. copyright leonie wise - all rights reserved

red-crowned cranes

If the raptors provided the majesty, and the whooper swans provided the comedy on this trip around Hokkaido, then I’d say the cranes provided the grace. Don’t get me wrong, they have their goofy moments and it was often hilarious watching the juveniles dancing by themselves and practising their steps, but these beautiful big birds are amazing […]

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shadows and horizons

Here the land bleeds into the horizon with only trees and  light to mark where one ends and the other begins. More than once i fall in love with the curve of a fence in the snow, or the shape of a line of trees. +++ (Click on the images to view larger) +++ One […]

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Whooper Swans

If the raptors are the majestic birds of Hokkaido, I reckon the Whooper Swans would be the comic relief. They sound like the entire brass section of an orchestra that can’t quite get itself in tune, or a whole bunch of party horns, all being hooted at varying decibels. We are on the edge of […]

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Hokkaido Raptors

The first night we are due to get up early and get on a boat to go photograph the eagles I don’t sleep very well. I’m jet-lagged (like everyone else) and I guess part of my brain doesn’t want me to oversleep and miss the alarm. We’re in Rausu Town on the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. […]

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